Boyd-Buchanan engineering students design equipment for disabled educator

Kim Derrick, left, and Jason Owens check out products developed by Owens's students after they were presented in the Student Life Center at Boyd-Buchanan School on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Derrick, the after care director for the school, suffered a stroke that limited the movement in her left arm. Students in the engineering class worked to develop products to help her with everyday tasks.

Kim Derrick has worked at Boyd-Buchanan School for almost 20 years as the aftercare director, watching after children from Pre-K to sixth grade.

In January, she suffered a stroke, and though she's recovered significantly, she still has limited mobility in her left arm. That's what inspired Jason Owens, a longtime friend of Derrick's, to recruit his high school engineering students to design various products to help Derrick with everyday tasks.

With Derrick's permission, Owens pitched the idea to his class.

"The overwhelming response was that's what they wanted to do," he said. "They want to do things, they want to be involved, they want to make a difference."

photo Jordan Howard talks about his Chop Slot cutting board, developed with Gavin Moore and Austin Billingsley, in the Student Life Center at Boyd-Buchanan School on Tuesday, Dec.